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How to Cook Over Easy Eggs

The perfect technique for cooking eggs over easy. With one extra step and a little patience, you can easily make this classic egg recipe.

The Essential Tools

  • Non-stick skillet
  • Spatula, rubber or silicone
  • Small bowl
  • Fat – either butter or oil
  • Seasoning – salt & pepper
A bowl full of whole eggs with shells.


which fat to use

This is personal preference. Butter has the advantage of great taste. Some people prefer olive oil when cooking eggs. Other oils you can use include any that are light tasting such as sunflower, canola and grapeseed oil.

Since we are cooking over low temperature, butter will suffice and is what I prefer. If we needed a higher temp, butter is a little problematic. Butter has water in it. The pan can’t reach the higher temperature until the water steams off. Also, butter burns at a lower temperature than most oils.

The Method

It might take a little practice to get the perfect egg. You definitely want to master this so dive right in!

  • Preheat non-stick skillet over low heat.
  • Add oil.
  • Carefully crack eggs into a small bowl. Why? To catch any broken shell that fell into the bowl. Fish out any shell pieces with the egg shell half. The shells are slightly attracted to each other so this is better than using a spoon or your fingers.
  • Gently pour out eggs, trying to get each egg yolk with egg white on opposite sides of the pan.
  • Season the eggs.
  • Cook on low until egg whites are set. They will turn a solid white.
  • Using your spatula, gently detach the egg from the pan by scooping under it in all directions. Your egg is now ready for flipping. Gently flip eggs over one at a time, cook for another 15 seconds to ensure the egg whites on the other side are cooked.
  • Transfer to plates, on top of your sandwich or into a bowl of soup.
Single egg in a small glass bowl.
Butter melting in a black skillet.
Pouring egg from bowl to skillet.
Single egg cooking in a black skillet.
Sunny side up egg in a black skillet.
Over easy eggs in a black skillet.
Runny egg yolk.

FAQ’s

What is an over easy egg?

An over easy egg is cooked on both sides with the yolk intact. The egg is cooked mostly on one side, until the whites are set and opaque. The egg is then flipped over to cook for a few seconds to cook the whites on both sides.

Are over easy eggs the same as sunny side up?

No. Sunny side up is only cooked on one side. The yolks remain intact.

What’s the difference between over easy and over medium eggs?

Over easy eggs and over medium eggs are cooked on both sides. Over easy eggs are only cooked for a few seconds on the second side. This allows the yolks to remain runny. Over medium eggs are cooked longer on the second side. The yolks aren’t as runny.

Kimchi Udon Noodle Soup, a quick and easy Korean meal. Udon noodles, kimchi, fried egg, spinach, sesame oil, fish sauce, chili oil, scallions, cilantro.
Kimchi Udon Noodle Soup with an egg.

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NOTE* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs, may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Pasteurized eggs are better suited for over easy eggs and can reduce the chance of food borne illness.

Runny egg yolk.

Over Easy Eggs

Yield: 2 eggs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The perfect technique for cooking eggs over easy. With one extra step and a little patience, you can easily make this classic egg recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat small non-stick skillet over low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add oil and rotate the oil to evenly distribute the oil as best you can.
  3. Carefully crack eggs into a small bowl. Fish out any shell pieces with the egg shell half. The shells are slightly attracted to each other so this is better than using a spoon or your fingers.
  4. With the bowl close to the surface of the skillet, gently pour out eggs, trying to get each egg yolk with egg white on opposite sides of the pan. It will make flipping easier. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Cook on low until egg whites are set. They will turn a solid white. This will take about 5 minutes on low.
  6. Using your spatula, gently detach the egg from the pan by scooping under it in all directions. Your egg is now ready for flipping.
  7. Gently flip eggs over one at a time, cook for another 15 seconds to ensure the egg whites on the other side are cooked. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Transfer to plates, on top of your sandwich or into a bowl of soup.

Notes

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs, may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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